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Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Vista

OOBE specifies the behavior of some of the Windows® Out of Box Experience (OOBE) screens. For a full list of settings used to automate OOBE, see Settings for Automating Windows Welcome.

Child Elements


Hides the Administrator password screen.

This setting applies only to the Windows Server® editions.


Hides the OEM registration page.


Specifies whether the user will be required to sign-in during OOBE.


Hides the Join Wireless Network page.


Specifies the network type.


Enables the OEM to specify app information.


Hides the Help protect your computer and improve Windows automatically page. That page specifies whether updates are automatically downloaded and installed.

Deprecated settings

These settings are not available in Windows® 8


This setting was used to skip Windows Welcome. To skip Windows Welcome, see How to Automate Windows Welcome.

If you set SkipMachineOOBE to true, you must specify values in the answer file to supply data that the Windows Welcome screens collect. If you do not specify these values, the computer could be left in an unusable state.


This setting was used to skip the Welcome Center pop-up window. That pop-up window has been replaced by the Getting Started application, which is available on the Start menu.

Valid Configuration Passes


Parent Hierarchy

Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup | OOBE

Applies To

For a list of the Windows editions and architectures that this component supports, see Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup.

XML Example

The following XML example shows how to set OOBE information for testing.


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